Bridal Stylist Tips for Gown Shopping

1. What is the theme of your wedding? You may already know your theme, or it may be a result of the style of dress you choose. I recommend trying on many different styles and eliminate ones that do not fit your venue or theme. You can still wear a glamorous dress for an outdoor wedding; just make sure it fits in your vision.
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2. Who are you bringing with you? This is important especially if you are easily swayed by other opinions. You want people who are going to be honest with you but who are not going to try to influence you to love a dress you don’t or not get one that you do. I have seen many brides walk away from a gown they love just because someone they are with talks them out of buying a gown they love.
3. Make sure you are clear about things you want or do not want in a gown, but also be open to new ideas. The most important thing is to make sure your stylist knows your budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a dress that is way out of your price range. Talk to your stylist about what styles you have in mind so you have a place to start. Bringing pictures is a great idea so your stylist has an idea of what dresses to pull. One of the most important things to keep in mind is not to judge a dress until you try it on. It always looks different on a person than on the hanger. Be open to trying on different styles other than what you have in mind. I have had many brides find that their dream gown was one they did not even expect to like. A stylist has experience pulling the right style to fit the bride’s vision so be open to a few new ideas in style.
4. Trying on dresses can be stressful and tiring. Trying on gowns can be very tiring especially if the style you like tends to be one of the heavier ones. A
corset back also adds time to your appointment because it takes longer to lace up. Pace yourself and take breaks, drink water and even stop for a snack if you need one.
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Most of all just have fun! This is a really special time in your life; take the time to enjoy the process. 

Getting Your Gown Wedding Ready

The final step in preparing your gown for your wedding is pressing. Pressing  should be done one or two days before the big event. And while many harried  brides opt to have their gowns pressed professionally, it is possible to do  yourself.

If you opt to go it solo, here’s what you’ll need:

KNOT NOTE

When pressing your gown, always use a medium setting without steam,  and make sure there’s no water in your iron that could spill out and leave  marks. If there are some stubborn wrinkles that won’t iron out, fill your  spritzer bottle with water and spray a fine mist on your gown.

  • An iron
  • An ironing board
  • A plush towel
  • A spritzer bottle
  • Some tissue paper
  • A sheet
  • Two hangers
  • Two ribbon loopers
  • Some pins

Seven Steps for the Best Press

  • Begin with the bodice. If your gown is plain, you can press it on the  outside. But if there’s an abundance of lace and decoration, you’ll want to  press the bodice on the inside, placing a plush towel over your ironing board  first.
  • When the bodice is completed, move on to the sleeves. Using either a  pressing mitt or hot pad, slip your hand inside the sleeve, then press the  sleeve against the mitt. When you’ve finished, stuff tissue paper inside the  sleeve to keep it wrinkle-free.
  • Next, press any bows using your pressing mitt, and stuff with tissue when  finished.
  • To press your train, find a place where you can hang it about 5 inches off  the ground. Begin at the side seam and work your way around to the front, then  to the back of your gown. Make sure to press all the way up to the waistline and  down to the hem.
  • After all the pressing is complete, attach two ribbon loopers with pins to  the bottom of your train and hang on a hanger (if you can’t find ribbon loopers,  use a skirt hanger).
  • To keep your gown wrinkle-free until the wedding, hang it from a doorway.  Spread a sheet out along the floor, then hang your gown from either a hook or  the top of the door. Now, gently lay your train on top of the sheet. If  possible, attach the bottom of the train to a hanger and hang it up across the  room from the front of your gown.
  • To transport your gown, bring the two hangers together, then place the gown  in a bridal bag. When you unzip the bag, your dress will be wrinkle-free — and  aisle-ready!

Read more:  DIY Wedding Dress Prep: Ironing Your Wedding DressTheKnot.com – http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/diy-do-it-yourself-weddings/articles/preparing-your-wedding-dress.aspx#ixzz2EyGhwVEj

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The Consignment Advantage

Shopping for school clothes for my kids these last couple of weeks has really gotten me thinking back to why I opened my bridal consignment boutique in the first place.  My youngest daughter and I went shopping the other at one of the name brand stores she really likes. I was in shock at how expensive the clothes were.  Even the clothes on clearance.  Needless to say we were kind of depressed when we walked out without buying anything.

We then ended up at a consignment store that I have never shopped at before.  We were both really excited when we had a whole pile of clothes to try on.  Many of which were the name brand of the store we had just been in.  A few of which still were new with tags, at about 80% to 90% off the regular price.  We ended up with a coat and 4 outfits for about what we would have paid for one pair of pants in the other store.

It brought me back to why I started my business in the first place.  I want brides to find a gown they love without having to break what might already be a small wedding budget.  I had one of the best compliments the other day from a bride.  She was saying that she and her bridesmaids came in only expecting me to only have a few gowns to choose from.  She was very impressed by the selection.  She did find her dress.    I am excited about the future and being here for more WNY brides.

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Bridal Yard Sale

2nd Annual Bridal Yard Sale taking place August 16th, 17th and 18th!

Select gowns $50, accessories $.25 to $5, bouquets $10 to $20, special occasion dresses $10, all in store items 10% off.

August 16th 12-8pm, 17th 10-5pm, 18th 10am-12pm.

 

 

318 Main St.   Arcade, NY 14009

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Bridal Style: Your Bridal Look For Less

Yes it is possible to get a beautiful bridal look without breaking the budget.  That is why I decided to open my bridal consignment shop.  I have shopped in consignment stores for years.  Admittedly some are better than others when it comes to the selection and condition the clothes.  In the right store you can even get brand new with tags pieces.

I absolutely love it when brides find their dream dress.  I had a bride just recently who came in and was “just looking”.  As soon as I put on the veil she knew.  She cried, her friend cried and I got chills.  It was awesome.

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Brand new with tags David’s Bridal style # V9263.  Satin corset ball gown with beaded lace appliques, organza pick-up skirt, and lace-up back.  Original price $599.  At my consignment boutique $450.

Matching veil and tiara are also available.

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